A Belgian Beauty...


Terry Hanlon, the once-gentle-HUFC-Hospitality-Main-Man has started a new Facebook group called Sprouts Out.
I have joined it as an undercover-agent-provocateur.
Not because I do not like Brussels sprouts, on the contrary I love them! I joined this extremist group to try and undermine Terry's malicious campaign to discredit the beautiful and versatile sprout.

I met and fell in love with this beautiful, well-rounded, firm vegetable when I first landed on these exotic isles, over 33 years ago.

There she sat, alone, all green and shy on my dustbin lid of a plate, surrounded by generous slices of roast beef, a pile of shrivelled peas, a few sad baby carrots and a giant Yorkshire pudding.

I wondered who and what she was. I had never seen anything like her back in Algeria. The host explained: something about Brussels.
My limited understanding of the English language back then led me to wonder why the chocolate-loving Belgians would sprout such a weird-looking vegetable.

I caught it with my fork after several attempts. It felt and tasted like a water-filled balloon. My first encounter with the sprout did not have a happy ending.
Yet, I am glad to say, our relationship did not fizzle out, instead it flourished when we began experimenting. Butter, toasted nuts, bacon, lemon, etc...

Nowadays a roast is not a roast without a few Brussels sprouts on the plate.
You see I have grown to love anything Belgian, especially sprouts and chocolates, with the exception of kids who wet themselves in public.

8 comments:

Trac said...

Sprouts are for life, not just for Christmas.

Crabtree said...

Since the disappearance of my grandmother, all attempts failed!!

It is nevertheless darling this p'tit cabbages!

PI said...

I always - in spite of the name - imagined it was as British as toad in the hole.

Krimo said...

T, that is a line that I shall be using a lot over the next few weeks. Thanks!

Les p'tits choux de Bruxelles! Je les aime beaucoup mais pas seulement bouillis à la façon anglaise.

Pat, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever since them served anywhere else but Britain!

Zéphyr, said...

Qu'a-t-il de si particulier le choux de Bruxelles ?

Peut-être mignon, parce qu'il est très petit !

Crabtree said...

The KUULKAPPERS or cabbage coupeurs ( OBBRUSSEL ) are well Belgian ! But the toad in the hole is not that British for it "croasse" and multiplies itself :)

Terry H said...

I cannot think of anything more revolting. even slime from the base of a tree has more culinary appeal.

The campaign is far from over!!

T

Krimo said...

Terry, I had sprouts with my Sunday roast. Absolument delicious!

Definitely better than slime from the base of a tree. When did you try that???